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DSWD funds P7.5-M shelter for MASARA landslide victims

Davao City (23 October) -- A total of P7,500,000 has been approved by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) to finance the shelter units of 116 families left homeless by the landslide which hit Brgy. Masara, Maco in Compostela Valley in September 2008.

The DSWD-CSAP is extended to individuals or families left homeless by disasters. The project is a community development initiative utilizing the principles of community organizing, convergence of services and capability building. To date, the national government through DSWD has facilitated construction of some 1401 housing units throughout Davao Region with a funding exposure of P31,440,723.

Social welfare chief Ester Acebedo-Versoza of DSWD XI said along with some beneficiaries, 75 skilled workers and four engineers from LGU Compostela Valley have already started the construction last June in a two-hectare lot at Sitio Uswag, Brgy. Kinuban.

The whole village will be completed through the 3rd Bayani Challenge 2009 come October 23-30 wherein over 2000 volunteers from the government, private corporations, civic and religious organizations, and families will convene to build a new community for the victims, Acebedo-Versoza explained.

Earlier, Josephine Frasco, Compostela Valley Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer urged DSWD Regional Officials to participate in the upcoming Bayani Challenge. She said activities for the eight-day construction work are installation of jambs, doors, windows and bedroom partitions; filing of concrete hollow block from window level to ceiling; plastering works; pouring of concrete for flooring; installation of plumbing and electrical works; installation of framing and roofing; and landscaping.

Frasco said the 1st Bayani Challenge held last January 23 to 31 successfully built 50 houses while the 2nd Bayani Challenge on May 8 to16 completed the Gawad Kalinga Designer Village with 38 houses in Sitio Kinuban. "No less than the province's father, Gov.. Arturo T. Uy leads the build," Frasco enthused.

Gawad Kalinga Isang Milyong Bayani is a patriotic movement of building a true Filipino Character through building best homes for the homeless. Its premise is not just to build houses but to immerse in a community and foster friendship and camaraderie among volunteers, and strengthen one's faith. While volunteers build, they will dance and sing, listen to series of empowerment talks and play group games. A Bayani Team is composed of 15 members [four masons, two carpenters, nine support workers].

Some 150 Bayani Teams are expected to participate. For its part, DSWD has committed to field one team. The new community which will be sporting duplex and quadruplex units shall be called USWAG-CSAP - Gawad Kalinga Village Phase 2. (DSWD/degsduron) [top]

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